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Film by Senior Kunga Choephel to Screen at NFFTY Festival

The competitive festival celebrates emerging filmmakers from traditionally marginalized communities.

This is Closest to how the last weeks of March felt like is a personal account of the COVID-19 pandemic in America and its effects on an immigrant family. It’s told through intimate phone calls, as experienced through the eyes of Kunga Choephel ’23 while quarantined on campus. It screens on Saturday, April 29.

NFFTY is the world’s largest, most influential film festival for emerging filmmakers that celebrates and elevates work by women, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and other young persons from traditionally marginalized communities who are building a more equitable and inclusive film industry.

The festival takes place in Seattle, WA, but virtual passes are available.

Visit NFFTY for details.

Hailing from Queens, NY, Choephel is a director/cinematographer whose work carries strong undercurrents of identity and family. By pulling inspiration from his hyper-specific and unique experiences as a Tibetan immigrant living in America, he hopes to explore the universal lows and highs that everyone faces.

The film screened last fall at the competitive TIDE Film Festival.

Read a Q+A with Choephel in the Purchase Phoenix.

Kunga Choephel ’23